3 Manipuri films to screen at Indian Panorama films' exposition

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New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) An eight-day special exposition of the entire Indian Panorama films of the International Film Festival of India 2007 will screen three Manipuri films here.

The exposition, which began in the capital yesterday, is titled 'The Festival of Indian Panorama 2007'. In all, 21 feature films and 15 non-feature films will be screened during the festival organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals.

The festival opened with a Bengali non-feature film, ''Bagher Bachcha'', directed by Bishnu Dev Halder, an ex-student of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.

The package of Indian Panorama, which presents a wide spectrum of contemporary themes and treatments, will showcase three Manipuri films--''Yenning Amadi Likla'' (Spring and Dew), directed by Makhonmani Mongsaba, on May 7 and non-feature films like Aribam Syam Sharma's ''Rajarshi Bhagyachandra of Manipur'' and Haobam Paban Kumar's ''Ngaihak Lambida'' (Along the way) on May 4 and 8, respectively, a statement said.

Malayalam feature film, ''Ore Kadal'', directed by Shyama Prasad and Assamese feature film, ''Jaatingaa Ityaadi'', directed by Sanjib Sabhapandit will be screened today, whereas Nokpokliba, an animation film made by Meren Imchen from Nagaland will be screened on May 6.

Debut directors like Sameer Hanchate, Bhavana Talwar and Samir Chanda have brought a refreshing and incisive style of cinema, while stalwarts like Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Buddhadeb Dasgupta have challenged the established norms and ideas again with their films, ''Naalu Penungal'' and ''Ami Iyasin Aar Amaar Madhubala'', respectively.

Biographicals like ''Naushad Ali'', ''Pandit Ramnarayan'', ''Mubarak Begum'' and ''Rajarshi Bhagyachandra of Manipur'' chronicle the lives of important Indian personalities, while, ''Bagher Bachcha'', ''Hope Dies Last in War'', ''Joy Ride'' and ''Whose Land Is It Anyway'' are stimulating.

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